Benedict XVI and Peruvian president discuss poverty, protection of environment

.- On Monday morning, the Holy Father met with President of Peru, Alan Garcia Perez at the Vatican. The two heads of state discussed Peru's commitment to the eradication of poverty as well as the protection of the environment.According to a communique from the Vatican, the Pope and the Peruvian president focused their meeting on the collaboration of the Church and State on issues such as poverty, laws and the environment. In addition, they spoke about current events and concerns in Peru as well as in South America.

Following his meeting with the Pope, the president met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

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